As well as beginning the song, each phrase ends on the mediant, only one interval (P4), and an ending which is imperfect.
- Grade: Fifth
- Origin: England – Traditional Carol
- Key: D Major
- Time: 3/4
- Form: staves: ABABCB – phrases: AAa – song: AB, verse/refrain
- Rhythm: beginners: | ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation,
| ta/a ti ti | syncopation, | ta ta ta |
- Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
- Intervals: beginners: P4: Do\So, So/Do
- Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, two double barlines, verse/refrain, vocal slurs, syncopation; melody primarily steps up and down the major scale, with each phrase ending on the mediant, imperfect ending: final note is not the tonic
- Key Words: world geography: England, Bethlehem; Christmas carol, sacred, Bible stories, birth of Jesus, Noel (Christmas), angel, certain, shepherds, night so deep, star in the east, beyond, earth, continued, wise men, country, nigh (near), northwest; abbreviation: o’er (over)
|The first Noel, the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
|Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.
|They looked up and saw a star,
Shinning in the east, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.
|3.||And by the light of that same star,
Three wise men came from country far;
To seek for a king was their in tent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.
|4.||This star drew nigh to the northwest,
O’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
And there, it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.
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